HOURS AFTER Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered an emotional appeal on demonetisation in Goa, Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the PM should spare the country his “jumlebaazi aur natakbaazi (fooling and theatrics).”
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Asking the Centre to roll back the move, Kejriwal said the demonetisation of the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8 was a “very poorly implemented scheme” and said it should be re-introduced after proper planning.
“I felt very sad to hear the words you (Modi) used for those standing in queues. Are 2G scam and coal scam accused standing in these queues?… The Prime Minister has mocked the common people queuing up outside banks. He must apologise to the nation for this,” said the CM.
He said that while Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the government needs three more weeks for ATMs to run normally, Modi on Sunday sought people’s co-operation for 50 days.
“People can’t even wait another 50 hours. They have money but they are still going hungry. Farmers who completely deal in cash are now left with pieces of paper. Since the PM asked for 50 days more, there is widespread panic. I have been getting calls and SMSes… This can’t go on. There can’t be more deaths, and more marriages cannot be cancelled, ” said Kejriwal.
Even as the nation continues to grapple with cash deficit in the light of the demonetisation of the two notes, Kejriwal said there is no serious solution coming from the Centre. “Either they don’t know what to do or the situation is out of their control. We are questioning their intentions but everyone can see it is a poorly implemented scheme,” he said.
The CM also claimed that in 24 hours of its introduction, the Rs 2,000 notes had already been turned into counterfeit currency.
On Modi’s statement that he faces threat to his life, Kejriwal said, “From whom does he face a threat to his life? Does that mean the SPG, the RAW and the IB are ineffective? Stop this drama. It does not fill people’s stomachs.”